7 Creatures Scarier Than Dinosaurs

July 4th, 2023

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By Aswirbaad Das, Govind Kolady

Over millions of years, our planet has witnessed terrifying creatures dominating the seas, land and air–the dinosaurs being the most famous. But did you know about these other creatures that could give the mighty dinosaurs a run for their money? Let us know about them.

A 33-foot-long armoured fish that lived over 350 million years ago in the Devonian period, the Dunkleosteus is believed to be the true first apex predator of its time. It had an incredibly strong jaw made of razor-sharp protrusions of bone that could crush its prey in milliseconds.

Dunkleosteus

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Also aptly called ‘Terror Birds’, the Phorusrhacos terrorised the land of South America during the Cenozoic period, 62 million to 2 million years ago. Standing over 3 metres tall, these birds with deadly axe-shaped beaks are considered to be the largest flightless birds of all time.

Terror Birds

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The ferocious Andrewsarchus lived in the inner Mongolia region of China during the middle Eocene epoch, about 56 to 33.9 million years ago. Standing over 6 feet tall, 16 feet long and weighing over a ton, scientists believe it is the largest carnivorous mammal to ever exist.

Andrewsarchus

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